Adams Walkoff Prevents Padres Sweep

Matt Adams completed an impressive Nationals comeback with a walk off homerun to lead off the 11th inning to give the Nationals a 7-6 win. The shot landed in the upper deck of Nationals stadium. Prior to that at bat Adams was 0 for 5. He only got the start against the lefthanded Joey Lucchesi because of an injury to Ryan Zimmerman.

It was not a good start for the Nationals. Jeremy Hellickson and his pedestrian fastball was fodder to the Padre bats. Fernando Tatis Jr. took his first pitch to the deepest part of left field before Juan Soto caught it with his back against the fence. The next batter Greg Garcia hammered a pitch into the Nationals right field bullpen.

In the second inning Eric Hosmer blasted a line drive over the head of Michael Taylor for a double. Hunter Renfroe followed with a bloop single into left to turn the score to 2-0.

The Padres erupted in the third. An infield single and boot by Brian Dozier put the first two runners on. Manny Machado singled up the middle to score Tatis Jr. After a Wil Myers whiff Eric Hosmer lined a 90 mile per hour fastball from Hellickson into the left field bleachers for a 6-0 lead. It rained down boos from the National fans in attendance, though there appeared to be more Padre jerseys than Nationals.

It looked bleak for the Nationals. In the bottom frame a video replay showed Victor Robles beat out an infield single to first. That was followed by a Brian Dozier single. Juan Soto gave National fans some reason for hope by depositing a pitch into the centerfield grass area, just below the curly W for a three run shot. The Nationals tacked on one more when first baseman Hosmer overthrew pitcher Lucchesi covering first to advance Howie Kendrick to second. A single by Kurt Suzuki drove in Kendrick and cut the lead to 6-4. The Nationals loaded the bases, sending up Adam Eaton to pinch hit for Hellickson. He struck out to end the threat.

In the fifth Victor Robles hit one just beyond the glove of Wil Myers and off the top of the fence of the left field bullpen for a solo shot. Carter Kieboom hit a solo homerun off Adam Warren in the sixth to tie the game, a line drive into the left field bleachers.

It went scoreless after that. The Nationals had an opportunity in the tenth. With a runner on first Robles laid down a bunt. The pitcher Matt Wisler threw to second. Fernando Tatis Jr. stretched for the ball but his foot went off the bag as he did a split. The split also pulled his hamstring sending him out of the game. The Padres did some shuffling, keeping Machado at third and moving Wil Myers to short. Catcher Francisco Mejia went to play left. When Brian Dozier had two strikes on him Machado moved to short and Myers moved to second, with Greg Garcia shifting to third. Garcia and Myers bounced around depending on the batting side of the hitter. With runners on second and third with two out Howie Kendrick bounced a ball up the middle. Machado made a nice sliding grab, bounced back on his feet and threw Kendrick out to save the Padres for another inning. That inning was brief after the Matt Adams lead off homer.

Nat Notes: Howie Kendrick had been on base in every at bat until the ground out to Machado. He had two singles, a walk, got on base via the Hosmer error and also got on base when Austin Hedges tried to tag him after a third strike swing and miss on a pitch in the dirt. When Austin reached out to tag Kendrick the ball dropped out of his glove. Howie only scored once…Michael Taylor struck out in four of his five at bats, all four looking at a called third strike. He walked in his other at bat. The 8th and 9th spot in the order struck out in 8 of their 9 at bats until the Wilmer Difo pinch hit single in the 10th inning…The Nationals chose not to bunt Michael Taylor with runners on first and second and no outs. He struck out, as well as pinch hitter Yan Gomes and Victor Robles…Myworld has seen Victor Robles bunt twice. Both have been hard to the pitcher and should have resulted in two force outs at second, if not for Tatis taking his foot off second…Wil Myers is not a good left fielder…The Nationals bullpen shined this day with eight shutout innings. Recently called up Eric Fedde tossed four shutout innings and could be a good candidate to replace Hellickson in the rotation…Hunter Renfroe showed some good speed beating out a slow grounder to shortstop…In the 9th inning with the bases loaded and two outs, Manny Machado swung at a 2-0 pitch and popped out to third…The homeruns by Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Carter Kieboom broke a record. They became the first trio 21 or younger to homer in the same game…Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the disabled list because of plantar fasciitis on his right foot. Matt Adams now gets an opportunity to show he can have an impact in the lineup.

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